In a small town being neighborly is essential and every local job is vital


related: community tourism, slow travel, local
google+: Local Travel (50 members)
editing: Understanding Community Tourism


    Ron's Essay

    Oaxaca, Mexico - During the economic downturn caused by the social protests in 2006, Oaxacans became increasingly aware of the value of 'tourism' in sectors in which direct interaction with visitors was limited. Oaxaca has numerous Spanish language schools and many of these students live with local families. When the number of students arriving began to diminish, the homestay hosts purchased less food from local markets, thereby instigating a ripple effect that led to less money circulating in the community.

    How we make sense of 'community' and 'travel' has been focused in past years on 'community-based tourism' in which communities outright own the tourism operation. While there have been some successes (Madidi in Bolivia), there have also been many failures as communities had a poor understanding of visitor desires and needs, not to mention trends.

    Where we prefer to focus attention on and the Planeta Wiki is toward a more mature understanding of communities and tourism, in which we use the power of the social web and face-to-face encounters to catalyze healthier interactions among visitors and locals alike.

    Responsible travel creates 'better places to live and better places to visit' which works wonders in raising the living standards and happiness for all who care about how others benefit.

    Buzzword Bingo

    Community - Global - Interdependence - Local - Ritual


    Community Tourism Guide Survey (2006)
    Community Tourism

    Community tourism
    Rural Tourism Group

    Turismo Comunitario
    Turismo de Base Comunitario Bolivia

    Google Docs

    World Tourism Day: Recommendations for Communities

    Community-based tourism

    A misguided quest: Community-based tourism in Latin America (PDF)
    survey a number of successful community-based tourism (CBT) initiatives


    How do companies show how much cash flows to communities?
    What is the difference between community tourism and community-based tourism? (related: definitions)
    How do we measure the impact of tourism on communities?
    How to we respect the rhythm of the community?



      Understanding Community Tourism
      Democracy and the Trees - Ross Mitchell
      Parque Ejidal San Nicolas Totolapan
      Mexico's Ejido San Nicolas Totolapan - A Millenium Review - Antonio "Febo" Suárez
      Community Museums of Oaxaca - Teresa Morales
      Can Communities Take The Lead In Developing Mexico's Eco Travel? - Juan Carlos Ibarra
      NGO-Community Collaboration for Ecotourism: A Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development in Oaxaca - David Barkin and Carlos Pailles
      Community Based Ecotourism and Community Building: The Case of the Lacandones - Axel Kersten
      Community Ecotourism and Organic Agriculture - Ronald Nigh and Fernando Ochoa
      Ecoturismo comunitario en la Sierra Norte de Oaxaca - Jorge Favela Fierro
      Community-Based Ecotourism in the Maya Forest - Ruth Norris, J. Scott Wilber, and Luís Oswaldo Morales Marín
      El Cielo Research - Scott Walker

      Free poster for the July 3 Communities and Tourism G+ Hangout @localtravels @ThistourismWeek @ecabanilla #rtyear2013

      Recent Events

      July 3, 9am CDT Google+ Hangout: Communities and Tourism

      Very pleased to have Enrique Cabanilla joining the Planeta Wiki and sharing his research on community tourism. Our livestreaming July 3 Wednesday travel hangout looked at turismo comunitario, aka community tourism around the world.

      Community Worksheet

      What can visitors do?
      What should visitors know before they arrive?
      How can visitors arrive?
      Task: Make a Top 10 and Top 50 Checklist.

      Costa Rica

      Community-based Ecotourism - Global Environmental Facility
      ATEC - Asociacion Talamanquena de Ecoturismo y Conservacion
      Cooprena - National Eco-Agricultural Cooperative Network of Costa Rica

      Examples from other countries

      Community Tourism in Belize - Richard Mahler
      Community Tourism in Peru: Taquile, Lake Titicaca - Ross Mitchell
      Yeak Laom Community Tourism - Cambodia

      Elsewhere on the Web

      Intentional Communities




      Be Nice. (The World is a Small Town)

      Turismo Responsable: A good place to live is a good place to visit (Un buen lugar vivir es un buen lugar a visitar)

      10 Things We Love About First Friday in Las Vegas #FirstFridayLV! #FFLV @FirstFridayLV

      Museo Comunitario de Teotitlan del Valle